Horse owner given support by public

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An equine insurance customer from West Boldon has revealed he will be appealing a council decision to order him to demolish a structure purpose built to provide shelter for his horses.

Norman Keenleyside built the horse shelter without planning permission to protect his five Welsh cobs and four Shetland ponies, but South Tyneside Council has ordered he take the structure down or face a £20,000 fine.

More than 3,400 people supported Mr Keenleyside in his fight to keep the shelter in an online poll conducted by the Shields Gazette and he told the news provider that the public response has been a great help.

“I have also had legal people backing me, such as a barrister who advised me that a case in 2001 means that mobile horse shelters do not need planning permission," he was quoted as saying.

South Tyneside Council has stated that the horse shelter is contrary to both national and local green belt planning policy.

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